UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


William Eggleston
American, b. 1939
Untitled (Interior with organ) from Troubled Waters portfolio, c. 1980
Dye transfer print, edition 11/35, 16 x 20 inches
Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds,

William Eggleston is considered a pioneer in color photography. His one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976 was the first for color photographs and represented a watershed moment in the history of the medium. Eggleston used the dye transfer process to exploit the chromatic possibilities in photography, resulting in a distinctive glow and intensity. As this interior shot demonstrates, Eggleston captures the beauty of the most ordinary scenes, often seen from an unusual viewpoint. The composition's slightly askew symmetry in an environment that otherwise appears under tight control intimates a lurking danger or a malaise which runs deep below the surface.